ningerbil (ningerbil) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book 8

Slaughterhouse-five, by Kurt Vonnegut. This was very different, and I admit I wasn't sure I was going to like it at first. It starts off a bit slow and the writing style takes some getting used to. But once I did get used to it, and once I realized WHY Vonnegut wrote the story the way he did, I found myself enjoying it more and more. By the middle of the novel I found it hard to put down. I certainly want to read more books by him in the future. The story centers on Billy Pilgrim, an odd character who, as Vonnegut puts it, is unstuck in time. He goes from time period to time period in his life. Times include his period as a prisoner of war during World War II, his wedding to his wife, his time in the custody of aliens and even his death. Glimpses of his life - and observations- are parceled out a bit at a time. It's an interesting, at times amusing and always powerful commentary on the inherent idiocy of war and violence. The mental imagery is colorful, from Billy's silver shoes and gaudy turban during World War II to the description of the bombed-out Dresden.
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